For those of you who believe in natural medicine, you may be shocked to know that the US Food and Drug Administration has proposed to essentially ban homeopathy with draconian legislation that would give them sweeping powers to empty the shelves of homeopathic preparations.
The Alliance for Natural Health writes that the FDA has based its guidance on four major assumptions:
‘Any homeopathic drug that has not been considered “generally recognized as safe and effective” (GRAS/E) is considered a new drug;
- FDA has not determined that any homeopathic drugs are GRAS/E;
- A new drug cannot be marketed unless it goes through the FDA’s approval process;
- No homeopathic drugs have gone through FDA approval nor can any producer afford to take them through the approval process since homeopathic medicines have been in use for centuries and generally cannot be patented.’
What this means, in plain English, is that the FDA considers all homeopathic preparations to be marketed illegally. The agency proposes to focus its enforcement mechanisms against certain specific types of homeopathic medicines causing it safety concerns.
It cites a number of remedies that it has recalled to date, mostly because they were purported to be made in non-sterile production conditions or had microbial contamination or were intended for ‘vulnerable’ populations, such as pregnant women.
The FDA is within its remit to remove any contaminated health product off the shelves. But these sweeping new changes would give the FDA the power to take action to remove any homeopathic product that it doesn’t deem to be safe.
As the agency points out: “This guidance is intended to provide notice that any homeopathic drug product that is being marketed illegally is subject to FDA enforcement action at any time.”
In the FDA’s information page about homeopathic products (https://www.fda.gov/drugs/information-drug-class/homeopathic-products), the agency is at pains to say, ‘ Products labeled as homeopathic can contain a wide range of substances, including ingredients derived from plants, healthy or diseased animal or human sources, minerals, and chemicals.’
This is a rather interesting volte face. For many years, the argument by science, medicine and agencies such as the FDA is that homeopathy is useless as a treatment because preparations have been diluted so many times that patients are essentially being given water.
Homeopathic preparations follow the ‘law of similars,’ which is that a substance that can produce a set of symptoms in a healthy individual can be used to treat someone presenting with a similar set of symptoms.
But it was German physician Samuel Hahnemann who first developed this into a system of medicine after noticing that a healthy person ingesting quinine would go on to develop symptoms of malaria – the very illness quinine was used to treat.
After discovering that a number of substances used to treat illnesses at full strength caused unwelcome side effects, Hahnemann came up with the idea of serial dilution. Since his discovery, one drop of the original medicinal substance is added to 100 drops of water, and then a drop of that dilution is added to 100 drops of water, and so forth.
After each dilution, the liquid is shaken vigorously – a process known as ‘succussion.’
So a homeopathic remedy with a medium potency of 12C—in other words, 1,200 dilutions or greater—is beyond the Avogadro number (6.02214076 × 1023), considered the final concentration at which any molecule of the original substance will be present.
Many homeopathic remedies have potencies of 30c, 200c or even more, so that the final remedy is something like 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 times more dilute than the original substance.
It is the high dilution mechanism of homeopathy that has caused most of conventional science and medicine to dismiss it as ‘nothing but water,’ even though countless studies show homeopathy’s benefit for a huge range of conditions – one reason that it is recognized and sanctioned in many European countries and paid for by their national health services.
Now, however, it is suddenly the case that this ‘useless’ medicine is suddenly filled with all sorts of dangerous substances.
The problem, of course, is that conventional science cannot really account for how on earth homeopathy could work.
However, the New Science offers many clues. The late Giuliano Preparata and Emilio Del Giudice, two Italian physicists at the Milan Institute for Nuclear Physics, demonstrated mathematically, and other scientists like the late French biologist Jacques Benveniste, showed experimentally, that single wavelengths of water molecules appear to become 'informed' in the presence of other molecules — that is, they tend to polarize around any charged molecule — storing and carrying its frequency so that it may be read at a distance.
This would mean that water may act like a tape recorder, imprinting and carrying information whether the original molecule is still there or not.
These radical ideas were vindicated by the work of French scientist and Nobel Laureate Luc Montagnier, co-discoverer of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), who has carried out experiments showing that some bacterial and viral DNA sequences can induce low-frequency electromagnetic waves at high aqueous dilutions.
As Montagnier concluded, “High dilutions of something are not nothing. They are water structures which mimic the original molecules.”
Homeopathic medicines have nothing but the energetic footprint of active substances - nothing but water as far as mainstream medicine is concerned.
However, suddenly, FDA deems them to contain ‘measurable amounts of active ingredients and therefore could cause significant patient harm.’
Be in no doubt that this is political maneuvering by a corrupt agency that is poacher turned gamekeeper. Although 55 percent of the FDA’s budget is paid for by the US government, the remainder is paid for by ‘industry user fees’ – most of that from the drug and Big Food industries. It is yet the latest attempt to get rid of a well-established arm of natural medicine.
However, there is one small encouraging sign. The FDA has not yet issued its final guidance on the subject – just another draft of its proposal.
As Rob Verkerk, the ANH director wrote: ‘This is an indication that our voices are being heard and the FDA is worried about political push back from voters who are members of the natural health community.’
Make sure to make your voice heard – today.
You have until tomorrow, May 23, to leave your comment telling the FDA to protect homeopathy: https://outage.regulations.gov/beta-redirect/
Or use this form to write directly to Congress and the FDA: https://secure3.convio.net/aahf/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=3192